Nationwide Give Away: $25 B & N Gift Card Plus Smart Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

by Laura on May 1, 2011

This is a guest post from Andrew Royster, the President of Andrew Royster Insurance Agency.  I asked him if he would mind writing an article for A Frugal Chick about how to save on your insurance without compromising your coverage.  I think it’s a VERY confusing topic but with everyone looking to cut back on expenses right now, knowing everything you can about your insurance makes sense!

 Across the country, people continue to look for ways to stretch their budgets and cut costs. But when trying to cut costs on auto insurance, consumers should be wary of making penny wise, pound foolish decisions that could put them at risk financially.

In a rush to save money, be careful not to cut corners in areas that help protect you and your family. Although it is important to save money in the short-term, you could find yourself unable to pay for your auto repairs or for liabilities to others in the case of an accident. Since insurance is designed to help protect consumers against the unknown, it can be difficult to know how much protection is needed.

Here are some pointers to keep yourself protected while still saving money:

1. Slow down. Drivers who have had accidents or serious traffic violations usually pay more than those with clean driving records, so consider safe driving a financial investment (for example with Allstate’s safe driving discount, safe drivers can save up to 20 percent.)

2. Buy the right car. A car’s value, age, safety record and repair costs, as well as the likelihood that it could get stolen, all help determine insurance premiums. Also, certain car features may generate insurance savings. For example in most states, a car equipped with factory-installed anti-lock brakes can save you up to 10%, and airbags or motorized seatbelts could reduce your premium up to 30 percent. A brand-new, never-been-titled car could reduce your premium by 5-20 percent, depending on the state and model-year of a vehicle. (Note from Laura – I am leaving this in because it is true information but one day I will probably write a post about how I think you should never buy a brand new car. Make sure to consider the depreciation and interest rate if you are not paying cash.)

3. Pay your bill through automatic withdrawal. Many insurance companies offer payment choices through automatic withdrawal. (For example the Allstate® Easy Pay Plan offers automatic withdrawal from a person’s account and may provide a discount of up to 5% on premium, depending on the state.)

4. Study hard. In most states, full-time students who meet GPA requirements could save on auto insurance premiums with a discount of 10-20 percent.

Five things to think twice about:

1. Your deductible. The higher the deductible, the lower the premium; however, you should make sure you can afford to pay your deductible if you have an accident. Raising a deductible higher than you can afford could prevent you from being able to fully repair your car after an accident.

2. Your liability limits. If you’re at fault in an accident, you could be held legally responsible for the medical and repair costs of others. Liability coverage can help protect policyholders from these potentially devastating expenses.

3. Uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage can protect you if you are injured in an auto accident caused by someone with no insurance. A recent report by the Insurance Research Council predicts that the percentage of uninsured motorists will increase nationally from 13.8 in 2007 to 16.1 percent in 2010. Consumers should review their auto insurance policies to ensure they have the coverage amounts they need.

4.  Personal injury or medical payments coverage.  Accidents are never planned, but planning ahead with the right insurance coverage can make a huge difference following an accident with injury. Medical Payments coverage helps pay for medical treatment for accident-related injuries. Personal Injury Protection helps reimburse people for lost income, child care expenses, medical expenses, and other costs that may result from accident injuries. Check with your local agent to find out which of these coverages are offered in your state.

5. Comprehensive coverage. Comprehensive coverage helps protect cars in situations that don’t necessarily involve other drivers or vehicles such as damage from a storm or natural disaster, vandalism, or even a falling tree. Since policies typically cap coverage at the actual cash value of the car, the older your car is, the more you might consider dropping this coverage.

Okay back to Laura from here on out:

I thought Andrew did a great job laying out some money saving tips on insurance.  I have learned a few things from reading this and will be pulling my policy up online to review it.  Oh but wait… I don’t have to!

Currently, the Andrew Royster Insurance Agency is offering A Frugal Chick readers – Allstate customers or not – a free review of their current insurance limits and deductibles through the “Good Hands Coverage Check-up.”  They will take the time to review everything with you and suggest where you may need more or less coverage.  You can contact them through their facebook page or find their contact information here.  I hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity.

So now onto the Give Away!  Andrew has given me a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card to give to one lucky reader.  You can enter up to 3 times using each of these methods:

1-  Leave a comment on this post telling me the last time you reviewed your car insurance and how much money you saved!

2- Like “The Andrew Royster Insurance Agency” on facebook.  Then leave a comment on this post telling me you did!

3- Like “A Frugal Chick” on facebook.  Then leave a comment on this post telling me you did! 

This contest will continue until May 11th at noon.  Then I will pick the winner using random.org.  Once the winner has been selected I will e-mail them and as long as I hear back within 24 hours they will receive the $25 Barnes and Noble card!

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Jennifer Chaisson May 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

I last reviewed in December, didn’t save anything though

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Jennifer Chaisson May 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

I like http://www.afrugalchick.com on facebook

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Kerry May 3, 2011 at 10:04 am

like you on facebook – kerry gibbs
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Kerry May 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

I review every 6 months but haven’t saved anything in awhile, our insurance is dirt cheap as it is.

alsatia23 at hotmail dot com

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amy m May 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

I like andrew royster insurance agent on facebook

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amy m May 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

I like you on facebook!!

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amy m May 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

The last time I renewed my policy was just one month ago and we dropped a vehicle and added another one! Same price though

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Renee May 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

Like “A Frugal Chick” on facebook

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Renee May 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

Renew it ever six months last time i saved $5.00

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lisa w. May 3, 2011 at 7:50 am

Lisa A Frugal Chick on FB

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lisa w. May 3, 2011 at 7:49 am

Reviewed about a month ago; but didn’t save anything

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Just Coupons May 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I like “A Frugal Chick” on facebook (fb name Just Coupons)

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Just Coupons May 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I reviewed ours last month when we removed one car from our policy and added another. Didn’t save any money though.

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June L May 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I have never really reviewed our insurance because I kind of leave that one to my husband since what we got seems cheap.

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Jen G May 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm

We just bought a new car and our policy only changed $8. We reviewed our policy about 3 months ago and our current insurance was the lowest rate.

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Jenifer Lingenfelter May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I liked “Andrew Royster Agency” on Facebook! I also liked “A Frugal Chick” on Facebook.

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Mari May 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I like Andrew Royster on Fb (Mari Doug)

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Mari May 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I like you on Fb (Mari Doug)

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Mari May 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I’ve never had it reviewed, as far as I know. I must ask my dh, though, because he takes care of car related issues.

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Tracie Trump May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Like you on FB! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Tracie Trump May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Like Andrew Royster Insurance Agency on FB! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Tracie Trump May 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

About 6 months ago and save about 25% a month! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Julie L May 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

like u on fb Julie S Laws
thanks

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shannon May 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

I reviewed about a year ago and save about $100 a month!

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Kellie May 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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Kellie May 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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Kellie May 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I reviewed my insurance just two months ago and ended up saving about $30 a month!! That is $360 in a year. I was very impressed ;D

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Penny May 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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Penny May 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I reviewed my car insurance a few months ago, we have saved quite a bit of money by doing so!

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madonna May 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

renewed/checked rates in march. don’t remember any big $ savings but understood more ABOUT my insurance than before i checked,

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Suzanne May 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

We just filled out a form to review ours, haven’t heard back from the savings yet…But we have our car and homeowners insurance with the same people, so we save that way too.

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emily pixler May 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

We reviewed our insurance a couple of months ago, and it actually went up due to purchasing a different vehicle!

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emily pixler May 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I like a frugal chick on facebook! Thanks for offering such a great service!

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linda coggins May 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I just reviewed in April. Have all the savings until we qualify for a new one in October.

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Charlotte Doherty May 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

I last reviewed my insurance in October. We have everything bundled: two cars full coverage, life insurance x 2, and a baby life insurance, and renters all with one company. Great rates!

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Mami2jcn May 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

I like A Frugal Chick on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Mami2jcn May 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

I like The Andrew Royster Insurance Agency on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Mami2jcn May 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’ve actually never reviewed our car insurance.

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Angie May 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

I liked Andrew Royster Insurance on Facebook..

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Angie May 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

I liked Frugal Chick on FB..

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Angie May 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

My husband and I reviewed our car insurance last year after not doing it for several years. We ended up saving $300 just because of where we moved to two years ago because we are no longer considered to be in a high crime area. Our agent was also able to give us another $100 off our yearly insurance rate for not having any accidents or tickets in the past 5 years!

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karen thomas May 1, 2011 at 7:52 am

I have nationwide ins. I feel really good knowing that they Are only a phonecall away and my whole family is covered. I have a teenage driver and she has learned lots from tutorials on the website. I love my nationalwide family.

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Phyllis diTommaso May 1, 2011 at 7:52 am

And I have a different email on FB

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Phyllis diTommaso May 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

I just discovered the frugal chick and am liking her on FB. I haven’t reviewed our insurance as I have been with the same company since I was16 and they have been good to me.

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Jessica WEST May 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

I liked “The Andrew Royster Insurance Agency” on facebook.

I also liked “A Frugal Chick” on facebook. (that was a while ago though)

The last time I reviwed my car insurance was when I had to add another vehicle to my insurance. We already save a lot compared to other insurance. Gotta Love USAA!

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john gray May 1, 2011 at 6:49 am

The wife and i review our insurance policy about a year ago and rasied our deductable from $100 to $500 and saved alot just by doing that.

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Sarah Russell May 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

I like “A Frugal Chick” on facebook!

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Sarah Russell May 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

I like “The Andrew Royster Insurance Agency” on facebook!

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Sarah Russell May 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

We just reviewed it a couple months ago and actually found that it was cheaper to go with another company! Since then, we have cut our insurance costs in HALF!!

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